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He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere. Take your pick as several local high school theater groups perform Dr. Seuss’s “Seussical The Musical” this month. Loveland High School, Sycamore High School and Ursuline Academy are all presenting the play.

Election Day ... after Still not sure who won and who lost in yesterday’s election? Hear the reactions from the candidates and voters, see the final numbers, and find out what the results mean for you and your neighbors, by visiting

A good ribbing Montgomery Inn is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month. Montgomery Inn opened in 1951 and has been serving up their famous signature ribs and sauce to the delight of Cincinnatians ever since. What started as a small neighborhood bar has since grown into the most popular restaurant in Ohio, with fans the world over. We want you to tell us about what the restaurant – and the Gregory family – means to the community. Share your favorite Montgomery Inn and Gregory family stories by e-mailing us at, with “Montgomery Inn memories” in the subject line.

Banding together As motor coaches loaded with nearly 110 members of the Madeira High School Marching Band pulled away from the school early on the last Saturday in October, their families lined Miami Avenue with oversized signs cheering the students on to a state competition in Columbus. Full Story, A6

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Local vet: Thank a Vietnam War veteran

Blue Ash man’s letters featured in new book; he actively advocates for veterans affairs throughout Greater Cincinnati area

James Meyers as a young Marine. THANKS TO JAMES MEYERS

By Jeanne Houck

Blue Ash resident James Meyers’ experience in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War is featured in a new book called “Dr. Tom’s War – A Daughter’s Journey,” written by Lucia Viti and published by Rogue Books, a division of the Bedazzled Ink Publishing Co. of Fairfie Meyers, Calif. Tom Viti, a doctor and U.S. Navy lieutenant, was battalion surgeon for Meyers’ unit. Meyers, now living in Blue Ash and head of security at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Winton Place, gave Viti’s daughter Lucia permission to reprint letters he wrotetohismotherduringhistour of duty. Meyers serves as chaplain for the Marine Corps League Detachment No. 968, in Mason. A few years ago he led a movement to keep the Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park in place near the southwest corner of Hunt and Cooper roads in downtown Blue Ash rather than moving it to allow a developer to take it over. The developer withdrew the plans. Earlier this year, Meyers was the featured speaker for Loveland’s Memorial Day ceremony. In honor of Veterans Day on Friday,Nov.11,Meyerstalksabout his experiences in Vietnam and

James Meyers in Vietnam. THANKS TO JAMES MEYERS why he participated in “Dr. Tom’s War – A Daughter’s Journey.” Please tell us a little bit about yourself, including your military experience. “I was raised Baltimore, went to Baltimore City College (a high school) and was graduated in 1964 from Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA). My first employer promoted me to a position in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1965. While there, I received a draft notice. Instead of

Post-Vietnam: James Meyers with sons Samuel (left) and Jacob. THANKS TO JAMES MEYERS

being drafted, I joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was selected for Officer Candidate School. “I was commissioned and trainedasaMarineCorps2ndlieutenant in 1966 and immediately sent to Vietnam after 40 weeks of small-unit leadership training. Based in An Hoa, Vietnam, with

Madeira athletes make city shine

By Jeanne Houck

MADEIRA — A win for Madeira High School athletic teams is a win for the city of Madeira. So says Madeira City Manager Tom Moeller. While being named the No. 1 suburb in Greater Cincinnati by Cincy Magazine for the past two years may have raised Madeira’s profile locally, Moeller says three student athletic teams in the hunt for state titles are raising the city’s profile across Ohio. “The city is very proud of the school district and the success of the football, girls soccer and boys soccer teams,” Moeller said. “The statewide recognition is something that helps identify Madeira outside of the Greater Cincinnati area.” In Ohio High School Athletic Association games Saturday, the Madeira High School: » Varsity football team played Cincinnati Hills Christian Acad-

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emy in a playoff game at Madeira High School. This is the first time the Mustangs have had a 10-0 football season. Madeira lost 16-10. » Varsity boys’ soccer team defeated Dayton Christian 4-2 in a regional finals game at Hamilton High School. The Mustangs - state champions in 2002 and 2003 – played Worhtington Christian Tuesday in the state semifinals. The state finals are at noon Saturday at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus. » Varsity girls’ soccer team lost

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to Summit Country Day 1-0 in a regional finals game at Hamilton High School. The Amazons were state champions in 2010. “It speaks volumes about the high quality of the student athletes where you have a very small school district like Madeira with all three of these teams still playing well into the post-season,” said



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manding a platoon on small combat outpost called My Loc 2 in support of Operation Tuscaloosa (in the ‘Arizona Territory,’ of which much has been written). “Returning to our base at An Hoa, I met ‘Dr. Tom,’ and we became fast friends. His battalion aid station unit was located adjacent to my platoon quarters. He loved his corpsman (those who perform as medics to soldiers) and had a passion for the Marine warrior ethos. His compassion and demonstrated angst for the wounded and injured became legendary. His medical jaunts into villages to treat the lo-

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the Second Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, in January 1967, I began my combat tour com-

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James Meyers visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., with his daughter April. THANKS TO JAMES MEYERS

cals, his training programs to provide basic hygiene, preventive medicine and first aid-ready local trainees made him extremely popular with the South Vietnamese and a ‘marked man’ by the enemy. “We started clothing and toy drives for children through my home church and called it ‘Operation Concern.’ The battlefield and community positive outcomes became foundational teaching points for other Marine units then, and have been reproduced even in today’s battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan to discourage enemy insurgents (i.e. al Queda and Taliban) intervention.” What did you write about in your letters to your mother? “My letters home told of our friendship, efforts and needs. The ‘Letters Home’ chapter has revealed a lot – even to me. The letters were discovered in a box saved by my deceased mother (Dora Meyers, Baltimore, Maryland) and sent to me by my sister, (Jean Herbert, Fallston, Maryland). When Lucia Viti, daughter of my friend, ‘Dr. Tom’ Viti, visited

me and our family while researching her book, I shared them with her. I thought they would reveal a lot of her dad to her. She thought them pertinent enough to include them in ‘Dr. Tom’s War: A Daughter’s Journey.’” What did you do after the Vietnam War? “Following the Vietnam War, I served as a generals aide at Marine Corps Base, Quantico and attained the rank of captain. Following active duty service, I served as a special agent, U.S. Secret Service during the Nixon and Ford presidencies in Washington, DC. After government service, I served in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, rising to executive-level positions. “I retired and moved to Blue Ash in 2005 to be near our first grandchild (Henry Bekins, now 6), son of my daughter, Jennifer Bekins (speech pathologist, Children’s Hospital) and my sonin-law, Pete Bekins (PhD candidate at Hebrew Union and professor of religion at Wright State). My wife, Susan, and I have six children altogether. A son, Derek, studying industrial design engineering at Virginia Tech and a son, U.S. Marine Capt. Daniel Meyers, who has served in combat and is currently assigned to Marine Barracks, Washington DC. We have a daughter, April, 23, who was born with Down Syndrome. Seeing her early and positive effect upon our family, we adopted two infant boys with Down Syndrome- Jacob (18) and Samuel (14) who go to Syca-

more High School. We are a family that does not see obstacles as insurmountable or any individual as unworthy of investment.” Is it too late for people to make right the wrongs done soldiers returning from Vietnam ? If anyone knows or meets a Vietnam vet, what is the best thing to say to them? “If you see a Vietnam veteran, welcome him (or her) home. With the exception of most immediate family relations, the Vietnam vet arrived home in an anonymous and inconspicuous manner. So, just say, ‘Thanks for your service to our country’ if you see a Vietnam vet. It will be as appreciated as it is overdue.” Any final thoughts? “The Vietnam War still stymies many. I saw enough atrocities performed on innocent South Vietnamese by the VC and North Vietnamese that I am proud to have performed a protective role to those beautiful people. War is hell, no doubt. It should always be a last resort. “But, my Marines and fellow U.S. servicemen were not the baby-killers portrayed by the war protesters of the late 60’s and 70’s. Jane Fonda and John Kerry aided our enemy in protracting the war effort as has now been reported by, then, North Vietnam field commanders. I thought the evidence of what we were doing in our little corner of the war needed to be told to a very confused America, even if it were only finding light in a book published in 2011.”

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environment along with an equally high-achieving athletic program,” Moeller said. You’ve got that right, says Joe Kimling, athletic director for the Madeira City Schools. “I think I can speak for everyone here at Madeira City Schools as well as the Madeira community in expressing how proud and excited we are of all our fall athletes this season,” Kimling said. “The girls and boys soccer teams are both continuing on to the regional final games and the Mustang football team is proudly hosting their playoff game against CHCA— all on one day! “It’s truly a very exciting time here at Madeira High School and we wish the soccer teams and football team the best of luck,” Kimling said. Stephen Shaw, president of the Madeira Chamber of Commerce, said the business community is behind the athletic teams. “Madeira has developed a reputation as a sports powerhouse in the small school divisions,” Shaw said. “Coach Mike Shafer has returned to Madeira to rebuild the boys football team into a championship program. Coach Dan Brady and coach Jon Unger have both won state championships in soccer and have built strong contenders for 2011.


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batteries in smoke detectors. Those who live in rental properties were reminded that smoke detectors are required by law, but renters have the obligation to check batteries and replace them if needed. “Whether you’re awake or asleep,” the collaborative advised, “a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert scanning the air for fire and smoke.” Other tips from the collaborative included: • Never connect space heaters to extension cords. The heater can overload electrical circuits, sparking a fire. • Do not use space heaters for long periods



of time. They are designed to provide temporary warmth, fire officials said. When not in use, unplug them. • Keep space heaters at least three feet from furniture, cleaning products and any other combustible materials. • Never use the heaters in bathrooms or other rooms where they might come in contact with water. • Always open a window slightly when using space heaters, to improve ventilation. • Make sure cords aren’t frayed or damaged. If the cord is damaged, discard the heater. • Never use space heaters to dry clothing. Clothing can ignite and spark a blaze. Firefighters rcommended that residents call 911 if the smoke detector sounds, or if they


notice smoke at home, but urged them to never try to fight the fire themselves. Then, get out of the house. Have an emergency exit plan, the collaborative advised. Crawl close to the ground when leaving a burning building, and if there’s no way out, find a window and stay near the floor. Yell for help and signal with a white towel or sheet at the window. Don’t take material possessions, and establish a place in advance, where all members of the household will meet after getting out of the building. “If there is smoke or fire in your home, get out as quickly as you can,” the collaborative advised. “And dial 911 as soon as possible from a remote site. Getting out is critical.”


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Indian Hill’s staffers get in step By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill Exempted Village School District staff members are watching their step. Literally. Since the start of the school year they have been participating in a pedometer challenge. “The ultimate goal is to promote an active healthy lifestyle,” said middle school physical eduction teacher Steve Tranter. Tranter and other members of the district’s Wellness Committee promoted the event, which involves all of the schools as well as the district’s transportation department. Treasurer Julia Toth said 182 employees in the district are participating. Each participant en-

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ters their individual number of steps online. The scores for each school will be compiled at the end of each quarter and a winner announced. The goal is 10,000 steps per day for each individual, said Tranter, who averages about 15,000 steps a day. “It’s getting people more active than before,” said Tranter. Toth, who averages about 12,000 steps per day, agreed. “People have no idea how many steps they walk,” she said. “When they are cognizant they take more steps. “We’re having a lot of fun.” In addition to the pedometer challenge, the district is also planning a 5K race/walk in April.

BRIEFLY Gaming Day

The Madeira and Deer Park branch libraries will join hundreds of libraries across the country to celebrate National Gaming Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The day reconnects communities to the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games by playing them at the library.

Young customers can interact with peers, share their expertise with others and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. Madeira library will have board games, and the Deer Park library will have a Forbidden Island demo. Madeira library is at 7200 Miami Ave. Deer Park library is at 3970 E. Galbraith Road.



Girls just want to be heard — and seen By Jeanne Houck

MADEIRA — The large pictures of fourth-grade girls pasted on the old Kutol Products Co. building in Madeira aren’t missing children posters and they certainly are not mugshots. The 21 smiling, confident-looking girls in the three-foot by four-foot portraits are members of Girl Scout Troop 41447 of Madeira working on a badge for digital photography. The name of the exhibit is “Girls just want to be heard” and is inspired by the Inside Out Project, an international arts initiative. Brandi Maples of Madeira, one of the troop leaders, has a sister who is working on the project at the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati with the French artist JR, who won the TED (technology, entertainment, design) prize this year. The prize is awarded annually to one person by the Sapling Foundation, a private non-profit based in Woodside, Calif., formed to disseminate great ideas. TED Prize winners are given $100,000 to fulfill one wish to change the world.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 41447 in Madeira have pasted large portraits of themselves on the old Kutol Products Co. building to be part of an international art exhibit - and earn a badge. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“JR has turned his over to the people, asking individuals and groups to submit black-and-white digital portraits along with their wish for their world/community,” Maples said. “Thousands of people from across the globe have pasted their portraits on abandoned buildings, billboards, rooftops, fences, you

name it.” The Contemporary Arts Center provided materials and printing services for the Madeira Girl Scout troop. “Our girls are very proud of their work - we’ve been planning this since August,” Maples said. Anne Donnelly of Madeira took the pictures.

“I carried out their theme (“Girls just want to be heard”) by sitting on the floor with the girls to take their pictures while listening to them talk about being responsible, being trustworthy, being caring, etc ...,” Donnelly said. “I wanted the camera to be straight-on to meet them and see them eye-to-eye. Now their message resonates in our memory as we look up to them on the wall.” The Madeira Girl Scout troop leaders chose the Kutol Products building on Camargo Road because Kutol invented Play-Doh and the troop leaders wanted to play off on the fact that clay can be molded. Donnelly hopes the portraits spark questions such as “How will this experience shape each girl? How will participating in this project mold the families? What will play out in Madeira now that the pictures are up?” The “Girls just want to be heard” exhibit won’t be up much longer at the building formerly occupied by the Kutol Products Co., which moved to Sharonville earlier this year. The pictures soon will be posted at

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Columbia Twp. considers noise ordinance By Rob Dowdy

COLUMBIA TWP. — Drivers and business owners in Columbia Township may soon have to turn their By Jeanne Houck music down. Township officials are discussing a noise ordiBLUE ASH — Blue Ash nance meant to keep police recently have excessivemade a couple of prostily loud tution arrests, but pomusic lice Capt. James from disSchaffer says the crime turbing is not common in the residents. city. Officials Police on Oct. 19 arare workrested Tiffany Marie 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 ing to Roberts, 21, of Chatta“Assisting young men in their formation as leaders and men for others through rigorous college preparation decide nooga, Tenn., for misdeLemon in the Jesuit tradition since 1831.” what conmeanor soliciting of an stitutes excessive noise and undercover officer at Hy600 W. North Bend Road how the ordinance will be att Place Cincinnati/Blue Cincinnati, Ohio 45224 • 513.761.7600 enforced. Ash on Reed Hartman HighLemon said the township way. @stxlongblueline had a noise ordinance in the Officer Steven Keller said in 1990s, but it was deemed unena police report that Roberts soforceable by the Hamilton County licited him “to engage in sexual Sheriff’s Department. activity for hire” about 1 p.m. that “We really were left without anyday. thing to file complaints and declare nui“The Blue Ash Police Department sances for noise,” he said. periodically conducts prostitution inTownship Administrator Michael Lemon vestigations,” Schaffer said. said a potential noise ordinance has been an af“Some of these investigations are terthought in the township for the last several in direct response to complaints from Lemon years, but recent complaints about local businesses area hotels. said the ordiand drivers with loud car stereos have brought the “The complaints are not specific to nance will likely define issue back to the forefront. any particular hotel or part of our excessive noise as “unreasonable noise or sound Township Trustee President Steve Langenkamp said which is likely to cause annoyance or inconvenience city,” Schaffer said. “It is not uncommuch like the previous ordinance the key to this new mon for suburban hotels to be used as to people with ordinary sensibilities.” noise ordinance will be enforcement and determining a location for this type of crime. Columbia Township trustees will hear the first what constitutes “excessive” noise. “However, prostitution is not a frereading of the ordinance at their Nov. 9 meeting. Lem“We’re going to run into the same issues with enquently occurring crime in our Blue on said trustees are expected to conduct the second forcement (as the last noise ordinance),” he said. Ash community,” Schaffer said. reading and vote during their December meeting.




Students learn culture, make friends By Forrest Sellers

Arline Pique, left, director of technology for the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, Indian Hill High School sophomore Quinn Falter, Walnut Hills High School sophomore Emily Silvius, and her mother, Wendy, who teaches social studies at Indian Hill High School, were among those who recently traveled to Munich, Germany as part of a cultural exchange coordinated by the Munich Sister City Association of Greater Cincinnati.

Quinn Falter’s trip recent trip included a castle visit, navigating a rope obstacle course and making new friends who spoke a different language. Falter, a sophomore at Indian Hill High School, joined 12 other Tristate students on a trip to Munich, Germany. She was joined by Indian Hill Exempted Village School District staff member Arline Pique, director of technology for the district, and Wendy Silvius, who teaches social studies at Indian Hill high school. The trip, which was June 14 through 28, was coordinated by the Munich Sister City Association of Greater Cincinnati. “I learned how to navigate the German subway system,” said Falter, a resident of Kenwood, about what she considered one of her biggest accomplishments there. In addition to learning about foreign

transportation, the students also visited a palace in Munich, toured the Dachau concentration camp and had a teambuilding exercise at a hostel in Starnberg. “What makes this different from any other trip is you really get to experience their way of life,” said Silvius, a resident of Mt. Washington whose daughter, Emily, also participated. Each student stayed with a host family. In addition to Indian Hill High

School, students from Anderson High School and five other school districts participated. Silvius and Pique, who is a resident of Anderson Township, suggested getting students involved after they took a similar trip for teachers. For information on the Munich Sister City Association of Greater Cincinnati, contact Mark Breitenstein at

College Board honors Madeira schools

For the second consecutive year, the Madeira City School District is one of fewer than 400 school districts across 43 states and Canada being honored by the College Board on the second annual AP Honor Roll, for increasing enrollment in Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. This indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are likely to benefit most from AP coursework. Since 2009, Madeira City Schools has increased the number of students participating in AP courses while more than 70 percent of those students still earn scores of 3 or higher, the score typically needed to earn college credit. The honor roll is made up of only those school districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance. The complete AP District Honor Roll can be found here:




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Spirited sendoff for Madeira’s Band

As motor coaches loaded with nearly 110 members of the Madeira High School Marching Band pulled away from the school early on the last Saturday in October, their families lined Miami Avenue with oversized signs cheering the students on to a state competition in Columbus. The signs were a surprise to the students, but the enthusiasm was not. Each year, for the months of September and October, dozens of parents give up large chunks of their weekends doing what it takes to get the band to six Saturday competitions - including feeding them, caring for their uniforms and driving in a caravan of cars and trucks just ahead of the band so that musical instruments are ready and waiting for them as they arrive at each competition. Even though the procession departed 45 minutes later than planned, and parents waited in unseasonably cold weather, the excitement didn’t wane. Karen Johnson, mother of senior percussionist Kelsey Johnson said, “There is not one parent lining this street who is not thrilled to be here.” This positive energy starts each year with 100 hours of band camp in July when the color guard, percussion team and

Karen Johnson, a first-grade teacher at Madeira Elementary School and parent of a band member, points the buses toward the state competition. PROVIDED

Karen Reuter, mother of drumline senior Katy Reuter, holds a Halloween-inspired sign specifically designed with the color guard in mind. THANKS TO BOB WESTERMEYER band members learn new music and choreography in preparation for the fall performance schedule. Once school begins the students practice seven to nine hours per week and may perform two, or sometimes three times a week at football games, competitions, parades and recently the Kroger’s grand reopening. A dedicated group of parents takes care of the behind-the-scenes details allowing band director Kevin Engel, assistant director Wesley Woolard, percussion instructors Joe Jahnigan and John Bertke,

guard coaches Laura Schneider and McKenna Flores (Madeira Class of 2011) to do their work on the field. With that collective effort by the students, parents and staff fueling the production, the motor coaches pulled back in to town early Saturday evening with a band that had earned a superior rating, the highest rating awarded at the Ohio Music Educators Association competition, for the fourth straight year wrapping up a season of non-stop superior ratings for the first year in the band’s history.

Dozens of parents, many wearing Halloween headgear, lined Miami Avenue between Loannes Court and Galbraith Road. THANKS TO BOB WESTERMEYER

Kelly Kramer (holding sign) and Peggy Nachtrab, mothers of sophomore baritone player Eryn Kramer and freshman flautist Maggie Nachtrab, chat while waiting for the band to pass by. THANKS TO BOB WESTERMEYER

Barb Corr, mother of sophomore clarinetist Madison Corr, keeps warm with a cup of coffee. THANKS TO BOB WESTERMEYER

Ursuline Academy awards three outstanding supporters

Madeira Elementary School music teacher Lori Adams, Madeira fourth-grade student Charlie Andruss and Miami University student Garrett Smith. THANKS TO DIANE NICHOLS

Madeira makes music with Miami

Freshmen in Miami University "Introduction to Music Education" classes attended school at Madeira Elementary School recently, observing and interacting with elementary students. The 36 college students spent the day in first-, third- and fourthgrade music classes observing a typical day for an elementary school music teacher. Miami music professor Joshua Slagowski explained that the college students travel to schools three times a se-

mester as part of their required field experience. In the fourth-grade classes the Miami students helped the Madeira students master different levels of music in ‘Recorder-karate’ for which they received different colored "belts.” After the Miami students returned to Oxford, MES music teacher Lori Adams said of the collaboration, “This creative endeavor allowed both groups of students to gain valuable insight.”

Ursuline Academy honored three of its outstanding supporters at the President's Dinner on Oct. 6. Chuck (d. 2006) and Eileen Rodgers of Hyde Park received the 2011 St. Angela Merici Leadership Award; and Dorothy "Puck" Donovan Schoettmer Stoeckle of Hyde Park, from the class of 1946, received the 2011 Woman of the Year award, at a ceremony which followed Mass, a reception, and dinner. The Rodgers were fine examples of a family's commitment to Catholic education. Their two daughters graduated from Ursuline - Susan Rodgers (1972), and Sarah Rodgers Zavitz (1975). Both Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers made a difference to numerous institutions and young people for many years. Mrs. Rodgers served on the Board of the Friends of the Orphans at St. Joseph's Orphanage; she helped start the Providence Hospital Ladies Auxiliary; and she was an active member of Ursuline's Mothers' Club. Currently, she is a lay distributor at

Christ Hospital and she also teaches catechism at St. Cecilia School. Mr. Rodgers served on the Board of the Friars Club; and he was a Board member of the Ursuline Dad's Club. Mr. Rodgers started a scholarship at St. Xavier High School, and Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers endowed the Charles E. and Eileen A. Rodgers Scholarship at Ursuline because they wanted to provide opportunities for other students who had the ability, but not the financial means to go to high schools such as St. X and Ursuline. Stoeckle was nominated for the Woman of the Year award for her generosity and loyalty to Ursuline since graduation. She and her classmates have been getting together for lunch every month since 1946. Of her four children (two boys and two girls), two are Ursuline alumnae, Sara Schoettmer (1971) and Katie Schoettmer Winn (1974); and her granddaughter Laura (Sara's daughter) is a senior at Ursuline. Stoeckle is a real ambassador

From left: Ursuline President Sharon Redmond (Cold Spring, Ky), Woman of the Year Dorothy "Puck" Stoeckle, St. Angela Merici Leadership Award recipient Eileen Rodgers and Principal Tom Barhorst (Mason). THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

for Ursuline. She has encouraged many families to send their daughters to the school, and as an avid fan of Ursuline basketball, she attends most of the games. Stoeckle has helped with several fundraising programs throughout the years, and has volunteered for numerous activities and events at Ursuline, including the annual Alumnae Reunion. The St. Angela Merici Leadership Award was created several years ago to honor those whose financial support of the school spans many years; it was named for the foundress of the Ursulines. The Women of the Years program began in 1986 to recognize and honor outstanding alumnae.

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Mustangs hit semis; Amazons stop short

Madeira, Moeller in Saturday night lights Both Division IV Madeira and Division I Moeller hosted playoff games Saturday night, Nov. 5. Moeller got two secondhalf touchdowns from senior receiver Monty Madaris to come from behind to beat Sycamore 31-21. The 8-3 Crusaders take on Middletown this coming weekend. At Madeira, the secondseeded Mustangs were shocked by seventh-seed CHCA, 16-10. Madeira had defeated the Eagles 35-6 Sept. 2, but could only muster one Isaac Rupe touchdown in this first round playoff match-up. The Mustangs finish 10-1.


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Moeller's Monty Madaris tries to keep his balance after making a man miss out in the open. Moeller defeated Sycamore with a come from behind win 31-21 in the first round of the playoffs Nov. 5. THANKS TO BRANDON SEVERN

Madeira's Joe Bodnar breaks away from the CHCA defense for positive Mustang yards. The previously unbeaten Mustangs suffered their first defeat of the season Nov. 5 in the first round of the playoffs. GEOFF BLANKENSHIP/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Indian Hill senior Elizabeth Heinbach (716) heads down the final stretch at the Division II state cross country meet, Nov. 5. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Heinbach, Horton earn all-Ohio for Indian Hill By Scott Springer and Nick Dudukovich

HEBRON — At National Trail in

Hebron, senior Elizabeth Heinbach made all-Ohio again (top 25) by finishing seventh in the Division II girls race in 18:32.41 on Nov. 5. The time represented an improvement over her regional time the week before in Troy, but was a tad slower than her district championship time at Voice of America Park in West Chester Oct. 22. It also marked a second straight loss to Wyoming senior Emily Stites, who defeated Heinbach for the first time at the regional meet. At state, Stites held off Heinbach by a halfsecond, finishing sixth in 18:31.91. Both girls were faster at National Trail, but off of their pace at the district meet when Heinbach defeated Stites. The Indian Hill senior led the race after one mile at 5:37.61and was second after two miles, but fell behind the frontrunners and Stites down the stretch. While the Stites rivalry should spill into this coming spring’s track

PODIUM SPOT FOR CCD’S KISTINGER Cincinnati Country Day senior Kyle Kistinger ended his senior cross country campaign on the podium. Kistinger finished fifth in the Division III state meet with a mark 16 minutes, 14 seconds at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Nov. 5. Kistinger earned the last podium spot in the final 200 meters of the race. “I wanted to have a good time...and get on that podium,” he said. “My legs were pretty tired at that I just tried to pick it up at the end.” Kistinger described the course in Hebron as flat and fast. “I think that’s what you want for a state meet,” he said.

season, Heinbach soon will ditch the running shoes for the pool where she’s the reigning Cincinnati Hills League swimmer of the year for coach Gretchen Bloomstrom. Also making all-Ohio for cross country coach Susan Savage was sophomore Elena Horton with a

MADEIRA — With four goals from the usual suspects, Sam Bascom and John Michael Wyrick, the Madeira High School boys soccer team stomped Summit Country Day, 6-1, in the regional semifinals at Mariemont Nov.1. ThatputtheMustangsintheregionalfinalsagainst Dayton Christian at Hamilton High School Nov. 5. It was Madeira’s first regional final appearance in five years. Dayton Christian came in ranked No. 4 in the state coaches’ poll. Coach Jon Unger’s Mustangs have scrimmaged them in each of the past three years. That preparation paid off as the Mustangs won 4-2 to move into a semifinal contest Nov. 8 with Worthington Christian. Madeira was led to the state “final four” by junior Sam Bascom’s hat trick. Bascom and fellow junior John Michael Wyrick have dominated the Cincinnati Hills League in scoring, finishing one-two. They more than doubled the output of the league’s No. 3 scorer, Mark Clayton of Finneytown. “JohnMichaelandSamhavebeenremarkablyconsistent in their scoring,” Unger said. “(It’s) especially impressive considering the fact that opponents know they need to stop “John Michael them to stop us. Having and Sam have two strong scoring optionshelpseachofthemto been be so much better than remarkably they would be on their own.” consistent in Madeira’s run through their scoring.” thebracketsnowincludes winsoverPurcellMarian, JON UNGER Ripley-Union, Cincinnati Madeira head coach Country Day, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Summit Country Day and Dayton Christian. In six postseason games, they’ve outscored the opposition 34-3. Whatappearstobeanoffensivemachine,mightactually be a tough defense. “Our defense has been equally consistent throughout the season and especially the tournament,” Unger said. “I am definitely hopeful that we can maintain this.” Part of Madeira’s success lies in the inordinate amount of talent the school has seen in recent years as bannershavegoneupwithsomeregularity.Madeira’s girlswerestatesoccerchampsayearago,thebaseball team was state runner-up and the football team was 10-0 during the regular season. “We've had a number of good teams in Madeira in many sports since I've been at Madeira, but I've never seen anything like the success we're currently experiencing,” Unger said. “Some of the success is probably contagious. My players saw how hard the girls soccer playersworkedandhowdeterminedtheboysbaseball players were. Some lessons were probably learned in cheering those teams on. The simpler explanation is that there are just an extraordinary number of gifted athletes at Madeira High School right now. We're at a high point in the public school athletic cycle.” The Mustangs’ state semifinal foe, Worthington Christian, has appeared in four of the last five state championship games. Should Madeira advance, the DivisionIIIstatetitlegameisNov.11atnoonatColumbus Crew Stadium.

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Indian Hill sophomore Elena Horton heads down the final stretch in the Division II state meet, Nov. 5. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

19th-place finish in 19:15.34. Horton’s time was a career best and she’ll be Savage’s top returner in 2012.

Coach Dan Brady’s defending state champs made the regional final again with a 2-0 shutout of Casstown Miami East Nov. 2 in Hamilton. Ashlynne Huon and Kristin Richardson had the goals, while Caitlyn McCullough picked up the shutout in goal. The regional final was against Summit Country Day, a team the Amazons defeated1-0 on Sept. 24. The Nov. 5 rematch also finished 1-0, but this time withSummitonthesmilingsideofthetally,thankstoa goal Elizabeth Williams snuck by Madeira’s keeper McCullough midway through the second half. Senior Liesl Hartz of the Amazons nearly tied it in the final seconds, but Summit goalie Liz Arnold dove for the save to advance her team to the Division III semifinals and send Madeira home with a final record of15-4-3. Hartz,McCullough,Richardson,AnnaMeyer,Emily Feist and Torrie Powers are all departing seniors.15 of this season’s squad are slated to return for 2012.



CRUSADERS FINISH AT DISTRICTS Moeller High School junior Zach Hoffman runs the home stretch in the Division I district cross country meet, Saturday, Oct. 22, at Voice Of America Park in West Chester. Hoffman was the Crusaders' top finisher, with a time of 16:58.23.

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Lady Braves again play into November By Scott Springer

INDIAN HILL — Coach Amy Dunlap’s Indian Hill girls soccer squad returned to the regional finals for the second straight year thanks to a come-from-behind 2-1 semifinal win in Centerville Nov. 2 against Ross. Junior Taylor Jackson led the way with a pair of goals after Ross had taken the early 1-0 lead. “She’s just had a phenomenal tournament,” Dunlap said of Jackson. “She’s been on fire.” Junior midfielder Mattie Meyer had both assists to Jackson. “I was really proud of the girls,” Dunlap said. “They stayed composed and put two in the net and won the game. They know how to find a way to win.” That put the Lady Braves in the regional final against Kettering Alter, who defeated McNicholas on penalty kicks. On Nov. 5 in Bellbrook, Indian Hill also took Alter to the wire, but fell short 2-1 in double overtime. “I told them no game would be an easy game from here on out,” Dunlap

Indian Hill's Liz Slattery prepares for action against Ross Nov. 2 at Centerville. The Lady Braves nailed the 2-1 win in the DII tournament. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

said. The loss leaves Dunlap’s girls with a bookend season. They began Aug. 24 with a 1-0 loss to Summit Country Day and ended with the heartbreaking defeat to Alter with senior Maddie Slattery scoring the lone goal. In between, the Lady Braves won 19 consecutive games. Over the past two seasons, they are 373-2. The regional final loss marked the final appearances by Maddie Slattery, Annie Myers, Olivia Ribariu, Laura Ferguson and Jeannette Jinkinson. “She’s a great compet-

itor,” Dunlap said of Jinkinson. “She generated a lot of offense coming forward. Maddie Slattery and Liz Dammeyer played real tough there in the middle as well.” Junior Liz Slattery, sophomore Paige Gloster and junior Rachael Ballish were all in the top 50 in the city in scoring, with junior Taylor Jackson (top 10 CHL) not far behind. All return for 2012. A key loss will be in goal as Ribariu led the league in shutouts with 13 and gave up just three goals in five tournament games for the league and district champions.

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Braves, Mustangs promote autism awareness at game The Madeira and Indian Hill varsity football teams recently united to fight Autism as they battled against each other on the field. Madeira High School’s Entrepreneurship class “Perfect Piece” worked with Indian Hill’s student government to bring both schools together to raise money and awareness for the common cause. Proceeds raised from special “Beat Indian Hill” and “Beat Madeira” t-shirts, wristbands, pins and foam fingers went to Autism Speaks/Cincinnati and Orange County, California, and the Kelly O’Leary Center at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Players on both teams wore autism ribbons on their helmets.

Mount Notre Dame's Kelsey Wolf makes a play on the ball during the regional semifinals against Lakota West at Tippecanoe High School, Nov. 2. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Madeira and Indian Hill students promote autism awareness before the Mustangs/Braves football game Oct. 8. Left to right are Indian Hill students Sarah Hanson, Michael Sewell and Emma Goold. Next to them are Madeira's Hannah McFarland, Leah Kirby, Anna Damschroder and Stuart Marsh. Not pictured are participants Caitlyn McCullough, Collin Buckner, Austin Horowitz and Hannah Schweppe. THANKS TO DIANE NICHOLS

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to obtain an officiating permit in time to start the season – approved by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The school is sponsored by the Southwest District Local Association Council and the Southwest Ohio Athletic Academic Confederation of the Hamilton County Educational Services Center.

Cougars, Lions battle at the net Mount Notre Dame earned a trip to the Division I regional volleyball final at Tippecanoe High School by defeating Lakota West 25-15, 25-15, 25-21 Nov. 2. The win put them in the final with Ursuline, who beat Mercy in five sets to get there.

In the final, MND avenged a Sept. 29 fiveset loss to the Lions, by taking three straight, 2519, 29-27, 25-18. The sweep put the Cougars in the state semifinals against Findlay. The game will be at Wright State Nov. 11 at noon.

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BLUE ASH — Ursuline Academy’s stellar soccer season came to an end with with a 2-0 loss to Beavercreek in the Division I regional semifinals, Nov. 2. The Lions ended the year with a 16-1-3 mark and tied for first in the GGCL Scarlet Division with St. Ursula after posting a 4-0-1 league mark. The two teams played each other to a 2-2 tie, Oct. 5. Offensively, the Lions were led this season by Lana Bonekemper, who was third in the Scarlet with 40 points coming off 18 goals and four assists. Violet Goodwin and Sara Robertson also had stellar seasons for the Lions. Goodwin was sixth in the league with 20 points. She recorded three goals and an impressive 20 assists during the 2011 campaign. Robertson, a freshman, had 11 goals in just nine games played. In goal, keeper Erika Wolfer led the league with 13.5 shutouts. The squad ended the season ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer’s Division I city coaches’ poll.

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An alternative to jail sentence Due to the lack of jail space in Hamilton County, alternative sentences such as home incarceration and community service are being used more frequently. The Community Service Program is operated by the Hamilton County Probation DepartBrad ment. The proGreenberg places COMMUNITY PRESS gram convicted ofGUEST COLUMNIST fenders in unpaid positions with non-profit or governmental agencies to perform a specific number of court ordered hours. A judge can order community service as a specific sentence or as a condition of probation. The individual is first interviewed to determine appropriate placement. Individ-

uals are screened as to work skills, education, health issues and access to transportation to assess their ability to work. Then the worker is assigned either to an individual placement or a supervised work crew. Individual placement is for workers that do not need to be closely supervised. The worker goes directly to the community agency and does clerical or other work at the direction of the agency employees. The agency is required to provide written feedback to the probation department about the worker’s performance. Supervised work crews operate during the work week and on weekends. Work crews are designed for those individuals with limited work skills, a minimal work history and who require supervision on the job. Probation employees provide transportation to

and from the worksite and supervise the workers. Examples of this kind of work include painting, grass cutting, recycling and picking up litter. In 2010 there were 3,823 referrals from Hamilton County judges. 3,223 of those referrals were from Municipal Court which handles misdemeanor cases. The total number of hours completed in 2010 was 134,694. At a rate of $7.30 per hour this represents a value in service hours of $983,266.26 returned to Hamilton County. More than 50 different organizations and government agencies benefit from the Community Service Program including Anderson, Green and Sycamore townships, the Free Store, the YWCA and the American Red Cross. Last year, the Community Service Program partnered

with Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity to build two new homes in Avondale. This project also helped train probationers in hanging drywall, painting, plumbing and masonry. Another partnership with People Working Cooperatively helped elderly citizens by raking leaves and shoveling snow. Most defendants are given an option to work off their fines and court costs by performing community service at the pay rate of minimum wage. Restitution, however, can not be worked off because that would be unfair to the victim. Community service can be an effective sentence for nonviolent offenders. It requires offenders to pay for their crimes and returns a benefit to our community. Judge Brad Greenberg presides in

Preserve what’s good about Indian Hill Indian Hill is a special place. It is an amazing mix of rural simplicity and urban sophistication. But what makes it truly special is it is a great place to educate our children. I would guess a majority of us who moved here did so because of the school system. Even those who have chosen Dick private educaAlexander COMMUNITY PRESS tion know the quality of a GUEST COLUMNIST good school system keeps their property values high. So it is with a bit of skepticism that I read about the Committee for Responsible School Spending and their mission to undo the financing of our public school system. It’s an old argument. Starve the public entity of tax dollars and it will be forced to lay off teachers, contract its education program and become “efficient.” Dress the effort with motherhood and apple pie arguments of just trying to help the superintendent and in the end

we can feel better that we created a cheaper, albeit not necessarily a better, school system. Responsible spending is in the eye of the beholder. For those whose children are grown and no longer benefit from the public education system it might seem reasonable to roll back school spending. Afterall, who needs AP courses and Mandarin. French was good enough for me as was typing and home economics. But times have changed and our country’s future is in the ability of our kids to compete in a global economy. We don’t want our kids to be second best and there is nothing wrong with saying so. We want our kids to receive every opportunity we can afford them. That is why we live in the district. So call me a skeptic when a handful of zealous residents want to reduce spending on education in order to keep a few extra pennies in their pocket. OK, so we spend more than “six comparable schools.” Our community standard earning Excellent with Distinction is much higher than being compared to Anderson. So I had to see for myself

what all the fuss is about. After attending board meetings this is what I observed: The board reduced the budget in response to the natural decline of enrollment. That seems responsible. The board maintained its financial reserve knowing that future state funding will be reduced. Sounds like a fiscally prudent action to me. The board is negotiating a union contract and won’t discuss it in open forum. I have never heard yet of an employee-employer negotiation taking place in a public forum. After all, isn’t that why we elect a board? We should always take a second look at what we spend. Our district isn’t perfect and I have a suggestion or two to contribute as well. But overall our district does a fantastic job and is led by dedicated, committed teachers and administrators. Take pride in it, not dismantle it for the sake of a few tax dollars. Our investment in education will pay dividends to the young and old alike. Dick Alexander is an Indian Hill resident.

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POLITICALLY SPEAKING Reaction from local lawmakers to issues in the news: Issue September jobs report showed unemployment reamingsteady at 9.1 percent: Reaction “American families continue to suffer as our economy remains nearly stagnant and the nation’s unemployment rate is stubbornly high at 9.1 percent. I was pleased to see there was some job creation last month, but unfortunately there was not enough to keep up with new entrants to the labor force. The Obama Administration’s approach of temporary Washington sweeteners, more spending and more government is not working. Unfortunately, the president is calling for more of these same failed policies in his second stimulus plan. “With millions of Americans out of work, Washington cannot simply pass more temporary solutions that do little to encourage investment or certainty for job creators. We must work swiftly and aggressively to

rein in out of control spending and to enact progrowth policies that will spur the economy.” U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

Issue Republican members of the House note that the Senate has failed to act on bipartisan legislation that would benefit farmers and small businesses, as well as local, state and federal agencies. U.S. Rep Schmidt’s comments are in the following news release, which was issued today by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Reaction “It is imperative that we act in a timely manner to ensure that our farmers, small businesses, communities, and county, state and federal agencies will not be burdened with costly and duplicative permit requirements that provide no environmental or health benefits. It was never the intent of Congress to require a redundant layer of bureaucracy.” U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt

CH@TROOM Nov. 2 question What do you think about President Obama's plan to revise the student loan program, which would cap payments at 10 percent of discretionary income and forgive any remaining debt after 20 years?

“As far as college loan repayment capping and debt forgiveness, I think it sends the wrong message to college students. Currently most of them have lived through the bank and financial institution’s 'too big to fail' bail out and now it seems like advocating a 'too small to fail' system for the students. "While it appears that many current and future students will default on their loans as education becomes more expensive and the economy continues to right size, it is a good wake up call. "College in America is an economic privilege, not an inalienable right. With that in mind, per-

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haps some student loan relief can be applied to students who choose careers that are lucrative, and revenue generating. This could apply to some of the current high revenue/high profit generating industries of politics, political lobbying and bank/financial services. I.P. “I don't like Obama's plans about anything!” J.F. “Just what we need – another entitlement program. What hap-



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pened to attending a local affordable university and being responsible for the debt?” “President Obama just doesn't get it. Maybe that's because he grew up in a system of living on government assistance and not having to work for a living. The only votes he'll get in the next election are from those who think everything should be free at the expense of those who work and save and repay their debts.” J.K. "Why don't we just give the world away. Handouts, handouts, handouts - when does it stop? We had to bail out banks, auto industry, etc., etc., etc. “Isn't it a privilege to go to college? When I went to college in the ‘60s and ‘70s I found a way to pay my way along with some help from my parents. “When my kids went to college they received private grants besides them having part-time jobs and our assistance (paid off stu-

dent loans over several years and depleting savings for their education). “I have no intention of raising others kids and paying for their education, other than property taxes for local schools, and that is getting to a point to be more regulated. Maybe if you can't afford college there is always community colleges or maybe find a lowgrade job to start and maybe you might have some company financial assistance. Good luck, but do not always have your hand out.” D.J. Helping needy people get a college education seems worthwhile, however the net effect of the student loan program is only the rich and the poor can afford college. Middle-class children neither qualify for loans nor can they afford college tuition. The irony is they have to join the workforce and then subsidize the poor students. “As for the loan recipients

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having a get-out-of-debt-free card, that's baloney. If they cannot afford college and then cannot afford to repay their low-interest loans in 20 years they should join the workforce and save the money they need the oldfashioned way. “Washington wanted every American to own their own homes and we got the banking/ mortgage crisis; will we have an education crisis next?” R.V. “Sounds good to me since only the very poor get ‘free’ money and only the rich can pay for college, so the middle class which has been hit the hardest in this economy has to loan up to pay for college. It took my son 2 and1/2 years after college to get a job in his field and that was outside of Ohio. Plus it was cheaper for him to attend college outside of Ohio. K.F.S.

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Several cast members of Ursuline's "Seussical the Musical," from left: Shannon Lindsay of Mount Lookout, Stuart Edwards (Seven Hills, of Hyde Park), Brendan O'Gorman (St. Xavier, of Mason), Sarah Fitzpatrick of Loveland, Corinne Havey of Wilmington, Melissa Carroll of Montgomery, and Lauren Salem of West Chester Township.

Who’s Seuss is whose?

He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere. They are here, they are there, they are everywhere. Where’s here? Who’s here? Who heard what? Take your pick as several local high school theater groups perform Dr. Seuss’s “Seussical The Musical” this month. Loveland High School, Sycamore High School and Ursuline

Academy are all presenting the play. “Seussical the Musical" has been delighting audiences around the world since its 2000 Broadway debut. The show, suited for all audiences, incorporates more than15 of Dr. Seuss's books, and showcases some of the most beloved characters. Here is a look at each performance:

Loveland When: Thursday, Nov. 10-Sunday, Nov. 13. Shows at 7 p.m. each day, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Where: Loveland High School Auditorium, 1 Tiger Trail Tickets: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and student. Tickets available at the door; in advance by calling 697-3857,or at lhsdra-

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, NOV. 10 Art & Craft Classes Beginning Watercolor Classes, 2-4 p.m., Kenwood Fellowship Community Church, 7205 Kenwood Road, $8 per class. 8915946. Kenwood.

Benefits Keys to a Cure – An Evening with Byron Janis, 6 p.m., Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Drive, Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres 6-7 p.m. A brief video of pianist’s story, an interview with Janis and his wife, Maria, and a few selections by the musician. Benefits the Arthritis Fondation. $25. Presented by Arthritis Foundation. 271-4545, ext. 311; Kenwood.

Business Seminars Boost Your Business With Technical Communication, 9 a.m.-noon, New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 10653 Techwoods Circle, Workshop topics include: Workplace Collaboration with SharePoint 2010, Tapping Consultants for Critical Projects and Content Reuse with SmartDocs. Free. Presented by Society for Technical Communication. 554-0111. Blue Ash.

Education What Parents Should Know about Reading and Comprehension, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, 9402 Towne Square Ave., Learn about current national research focused on the path of successful readers and how to better follow your own child’s reading development and learning. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 531-7400; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Spin Pilates Transformation, 5:15-6:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Combination of spinning and Pilates reformer creates exercise program that transforms your whole body and creates a healthier state of mind. Ages 18 and up. $20. Reservations required. 985-6742; Montgomery. Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, Dance fitness class. Ages 18 and up. $5. Presented by Zumba.Sandi. 325-7063; Blue Ash.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road, 7912922. Silverton.

561-7400; Indian Hill.

Support Groups

Health / Wellness

Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc.. 800-0164. Montgomery. Taking Care When Giving Care, 3-4:30 p.m., Jewish Family Service, 8487 Ridge Road, Support and resource group for caregivers of elderly or disabled. Topics include maintaining balance, how to cope with feelings of guilt and stress, finding resources and longdistance care-giving. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Jewish Family Service Aging and Caregiver Services. 469-1188; Amberley Village.

Meditation for Everyone, 7:15-8:30 p.m., Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN - Optimal Mind, 9380 Main St., Suite 4, Meditation instruction and ongoing practice support provided by Dr. Lawrence Edwards. Benefits Anam Cara Foundation. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Anam Cara Foundation. 439-9668; Montgomery.

FRIDAY, NOV. 11 Craft Shows Indian Hill Church Art Show, 6-9 p.m., Indian Hill Church, 6000 Drake Road, $5 admission fee. Featuring regional artists offering work in a broad range of media. Includes online auction: indianhillchurch, auction starts Nov. 4 at 8 a.m. and goes until Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. Benefits church’s community outreach programs. 561-6805, ext. 302; Indian Hill.

Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, No partners needed. $2. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

Drink Tastings Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7-10 a.m., Curves-Dillonvale, 4064 E. Galbraith Road, Fifteenminute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointments required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Sycamore Township.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.


On Stage - Comedy

Healthy Living with Diabetes: A Dinner Lecture, 5:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Experts discuss self-management tools, medications and proper exercise and nutrition following dinner. $20, dinner included. Registration required. 985-6732; Montgomery. Authors Out Loud Speaker Series, 7-8 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Myla Goldberg, "The False Friend." $20 series pass, $5 single event. Registration recommended. 722-7226; Amberley Village.

Troy Baxley, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Literary - Signings Cheri Brinkman, 4-8 p.m., Little Red Gift Shop, 7925 Remington Road, Author discusses and signs "Cincinnati and Soup: Recipes from the Queen City and Great Soups" and "Cincinnati and Soup: A Second Helping: More Recipes from the Queen City." Includes samples of Ruth Lyons coffee cake. Ages 21 and up. Free. 891-5111. Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Troy Baxley, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 2:30-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Working organic farm and educational center. May sell produce (varies each week) and eggs. Flower CSA, April through frost. $50 for 10 bouquets of 25 stems. Blue Ash.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, A play by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher and directed by Norma Niinemets. Marx Brothers provide laughter in abundance in this look at the life and career of the famous entertainer Groucho Marx. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc.. Through Nov. 27. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Saturday, Nov. 12 Benefits Ohio Valley Voices Tailgate/ Silent Auction, 7-10:30 p.m., Ohio Valley Voices, 6642 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Music by DJ, food, drinks, games and more. Benefits programs at Ohio Valley Voices to help deaf children learn to speak. Ages 18 and up. $20. 791-1458; Loveland.

Craft Shows Fall Arts and Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 7754 Montgomery Road, More than 70 booths, craft show cafe, handmade items, baked goods, food, door prizes and raffles. Free. 7916320; Sycamore Township.

"Frankly Speaking about Lung Cancer" and "Frankly Speaking about Colorectal Cancer will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Blue Ash. Call 791-4060 or visit for more information or series in different locations. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Angel Bazaar and Turkey Dinner, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5433 Madison Road, Holiday crafts, country store, gift items. Turkey dinner, 5-7 p.m. Benefits St. Paul Women’s Ministries. Dinner: $7, $5 small portion. 271-4147. Madisonville. Fall Craft Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, One-of-a-kind craft booths and popular home based vendors. Benefits Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church children’s programs. 791-3142; Montgomery. Indian Hill Church Art Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feature light refreshments., Indian Hill Church, 561-6805, ext. 302; Indian Hill. Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Vincent Ferrer School, 7754 Montgomery Road, Unique handmade items crafted by local artists, Harvest Kitchen serving lunches and snacks, basket raffle, bake sale and more.Benefits St. Vincent Ferrer School. Free. Presented by St. Vincent Ferrer PTO. 324-1612. Sycamore Township.

Dining Events Fall Wine and Food Fest, 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, With 12 different selections each. Gourmet food and cheese available. $5 for four tastes. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Drink Tastings Wine Bar Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Music - Pop The Gamut, 7:30-11 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-9933. Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Troy Baxley, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Runs/Walks HeartChase Madeira, 1:30-4 p.m., Downtown Madeira, Miami Avenue, Communitywide competition to uncover clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges in a race to the finish line. Benefits American Heart Association. $35. Registration required. Presented by American Heart Association. 827-1648; Madeira.

Youth Sports Girls’ Instructional Volleyball, 9-11 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Dec. 24. Grades 7-12. Learn volleyball basics. $65, $55 members. Registration required. 985-6747. Montgomery.


Road, Difficult cardiovascular and fitness workout. Ages 18 and up. $120 for 10 classes. 985-6742; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Yoga for the Care Giver, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn basic yoga poses, relaxation techniques for building healthy detachment under pressure, and practical philosophy providing skills for cultivating awareness and strength in your professional conduct. Ages 18 and up. $70. Reservations required. 985-6742; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Troy Baxley, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up.984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Recreation Cincinnati Backgammon Players Club Monthly Tournament, Noon-5 p.m., Max and Erma’s, 3855 Hauck Road, Double-elimination backgammon tournament for Cincinnati area players. Chouette also played. Family friendly. $21. Presented by Cincinnati Backgammon Players Club. 807-6926. Sharonville. Pickleball Games, Noon-2 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Racquet sport combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Ages 18 and up. $10. 985-6747; Montgomery.

Monday, Nov. 14 Clubs & Organizations Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 351-5005. Madeira.

Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10-11 a.m., Sycamore Senior Center, $2. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 Education Your Divorce is Just the Beginning of Your Act Three, 9:3010:45 a.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Seminar for divorced women returning to work. Support and guidance. $15. Reservations required. Presented by Act Three. 3511800; Amberley Village. Street Eev-reet: Conversational Hebrew Classe, 6:30-8 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Weekly through Dec. 20. Learn simple greetings, how to find the bathroom, do a little shopping, eat in a restaurant and impress that hot guy or girl in a cafe. Includes end-of-the-series Hebrew Hanukkah party. Ages 21 and up. $50. Registration required. Presented by Access: Social Events for Jewish Young Professionals Ages 21-35. 3730300. Amberley Village.

Exercise Classes

Exercise Classes

Spinning Challenge, 9-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer

Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 325-7063;

Music - Jazz Samba Jazz Syndicate, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, No cover. 791-4424. Blue Ash.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Room 16A. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Montgomery.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16 Auditions Cole, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, Free. 335-4098; Columbia Township.

Education What Parents Should Know about Reading and Comprehension, 6:30-8 p.m., Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, Free. Registration required. 531-7400; Blue Ash.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Call 791-3142 at least 24 hours in advance for child care. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Montgomery.

THURSDAY, NOV. 17 Art & Craft Classes Beginning Watercolor Classes, 2-4 p.m., Kenwood Fellowship Community Church, $8 per class. 891-5946. Kenwood.

Exercise Classes Spin Pilates Transformation, 5:15-6:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $20. Reservations required. 985-6742; Montgomery. Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 325-7063; Blue Ash.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.

On Stage - Comedy Drew Hastings, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $12, $6 college and military night. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Parenting Classes Newborn Massage, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road. Recommended for infants up to 4 months. Ages 21 and up. $40 couple, $25 single. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 2:30-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Support Groups Motherless Daughters Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. Presented by Motherless Daughters Ministry. 489-0892. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery.

FRIDAY, NOV. 18 Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sycamore Senior Center, $2. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

Drink Tastings Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.

On Stage - Comedy Drew Hastings, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $18. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Recreation Friday Night Fun Zone, 5-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Activities from arts and crafts to games and relays for children. Family friendly. $25. Reservations required. 985-6715; Montgomery.

Saturday, Nov. 19 Clubs & Organizations Madeira Historical Society Meeting, 1-2 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., "Cincinnati Mill Creek: From Degradation to Recovery," presented by Stanley Hedeen. Free. Presented by Madeira Historical Society. 369-6028. Madeira. Alabama Game Watch Party, 2-4 p.m., Firehouse Grill, 4785 Lake Forest Drive, With Greater Cincinnati Chapter of The University of Alabama Alumni Association. Chance to enter drawing to win Nick Sabanautographed football or one basket raffles. Bring food items to benefit Freestore Foodbank. Free. 733-3473; Blue Ash.

Craft Shows Sycamore High School Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, Free. 6861770; Montgomery. Kinderklaus Markt, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland-Madeira Road, Craft items, baked goods, holiday decorations, silent auction and more. Benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Family friendly. $3; $1 discount available online. 3144345; Loveland.

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Honey roasted almonds good nibbler If you could see my kitchen counter right now, you’d think I was cooking for hundreds and you’d be almost correct. I’m doing a presentation for breast cancer survivors for Mercy Hospital Anderson and the theme is gifts from the kitchen. We expect a total of about 100 participants. I wanted to give them something to take home, and decided upon my honey roasted almonds and crunchy peppermint bark. I’m in charge of the almonds and Gale Greenburg of Mercy is making the bark. So right now I have nine baking sheets full of honey roasted almonds. I have a feeling, though, I’ll soon have less since everyone who passes by takes a handful. I’m sharing that recipe today since it’s a good “before the feast nibbler” for Thanksgiving and other holiday gatherings, along with being my most requested nut recipe.

Better than store bought honey roasted nuts Almonds, like all nuts, contain fiber and protein, plus a good amount of calcium. If you’d rather sub-

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½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons ea: honey and water 2 teaspoons Canola oil

Mix sugar and salt in large bowl and set aside. Stir together honey, water and oil in pan and bring to a boil. Immediately stir in nuts and continue to cook and stir until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Immediately transfer nuts to bowl with sugar/salt mixture and toss until evenly coated. Pour out onto sprayed cookie sheet. When cool, break up and store airtight at room temperature up to a month.

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Cancer Support Community staff members preview the new name. From left: Molly Bomkamp (Madeira), Bonnie Crawford (Wyoming), Kelly Schoen (Madeira), Rick Bryan (Blue Ash), Gail Laule (Sycamore Township) and Molli Monk (Montgomery)

isolation, restore hope, and make desired lifestyle changes to improve their emotional and physical wellbeing.” The cancer support agency provides professionally led support groups, individual counseling, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress reduction classes designed to complement conventional medical care. All programs are available at no charge, with each individual participant choosing which activities to attend. Each month approximately 150 programs are offered in a comfortable, home-like environment at the Lynn Stern Center in Blue Ash and a Northern Kentucky facility in Ft. Wright, as well as partner locations in Avondale, Clifton, downtown, and Western

Hills. In 2010, the organization recorded nearly 16,000 participant visits. Cancer Support Community – Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky is part of a global cancer support network with more than 150 locations worldwide. First established as The Wellness Community in California in 1982, the non-profit was launched in Greater Cincinnati in 1990 and since that time has provided thousands of people impacted by cancer with easy access to information, a choice of empowering activities, and a connection to a vibrant community of people supporting one another. For more information, call 513-791-4060 or 859331-5568, or visit



New JVS program offers innovative approach to work As eight people package products for sale, six others do puzzles, watch movies or create artwork in another part of the room. They’re upbeat, friendly and productive. These are the X-Plorers of Jewish Vocational Service, a program that features a mixture of recreation, social activities and work for consumers with developmental disabilities who prefer light workloads. The X-Plorers arose from the recognition that some consumers wanted to increase the amount of time they spend participating in

recreational and social activities. They once did assembly and packaging work all day with dozens of co-workers in the JVS Work Center in Blue Ash. Now, with fewer co-workers, there are fewer distractions, making them more productive. Matthew Cromer, 24, of Sycamore Township, loves the X-Plorers. Cromer had a difficult time focusing in the Work Center because so many things are happening at once. “The X-Plorers are more relaxing and laid-back,” he said.

Jewish Vocational Services consumers Font Swift, left, and Joey Bang, who are in the X-Plorers program, work on an art project. PROVIDED The X-Plorers are funded by Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services and Medicaid. A similar program with 21 consumers exists at the JVS location on Harrison Avenue in Cheviot.

“We wanted to provide meaningful activities and minimize behavioral problems,” JVS Vice President Rich Davis said. “Our consumers and staff are thrilled with the new program.”

Because of the program’s popularity, the number of X-Plorers has grown to about 20 since the group came together in October 2009. As a result, several times they’ve moved to larger rooms. The current room is the size of a classroom. Dozens of board games and books sit on shelves. Hanging from the ceiling are miniature replicas of the planets. On the floor in a corner are bean bag chairs. Programming focuses on themes. During their Disney week, they watched Disney movies on a large-

screen TV, then created artwork based on the movies. Guest speakers have talked about their overseas vacation trips and showed photos. A musician performed on his guitar and puppeteers put on a show. They’ve taken field trips to a firehouse, airport, historic Indian village and doughnut bakery. Some consumers do individual activities while others work in teams. Said David Shell, a JVS work adjustment specialist, “There’s something for everybody all the time if they want it.”

‘Dead Man Walking’ author at Moeller Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking” and a leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty, will speak at Moeller High School from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Moeller’s Brisben Center. Her visit will include time for audience questions and a book signing. The event is open to the public and free. Prejean, a Catholic nun in the Congregation of St. Joseph in New Orleans, became an advocate in 1982 following her then-unfore-

seen role as a death row counselor to Patrick Sonnier, a convicted killer sentenced to die in Louisiana's electric chair. Her memoir of the experience, “Dead Man Walking,” became a best-selling book that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was made into an Oscarnominated movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Since Sonnier's execution, Sister Helen has been witness to five other executions. As a result, in addition to counseling individual

death row prisoners, she spends her time educating citizens about the death penalty and its human consequences for all the individuals involved in such a case and for society in general. Prejean's visit is part of a program at Moeller in which the entire student body (as well as the school community) read “Dead Man Walking” during the summer and will explore issues related to the death penalty, justice and forgiveness throughout the year.

Community sessions to focus on foreclosure prevention The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will host a series of evening programs addressing Foreclosure Prevention and Fair Lending at branch locations throughout Hamilton County. These free sessions will be presented by Myra Calder, consumer education specialist with Housing Opportunities Made Equal, at:

» Deer Park Branch Library: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, » Forest Park Branch Library: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, » Green Township Branch Library: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. “Unemployment and underemployment have placed more and more people at risk of losing their homes, ” Calder said. “Un-

fortunately, those who need assistance may become isolated and fearful because they are unaware of the programs that are available to them. They also can become prime candidates for scam artists who target them. To learn more about these free public sessions, call HOME at 513-721-4663.

Anderson author to read book in Madeira Anderson Township resident and Madeira native Jennifer Brasington-Crowley has recently published the first three volumes in a new children's book series: Lyndsay and Lainey Lion Adventure Series. The nature-themed books are geared toward children

Pre-K through third grade. Books are available through online merchant as well as on the book web site: www.sunnyvillezoo. You can meet the author at the Madeira Community Book Fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov.12, at Madei-

ra Elementary School. Brasington-Crowley will be signing books and performing a reading of "Lyndsay and Lainey Lion in B is for Bat." For more information, or to contact the author, visit


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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – needs volunteers in the volunteer education program. Volunteers will receive training, invitations to special events and a monthly newsletter, among other benefits. There are numerous volunteer opportunities now available, including: “Ask Me” Station Program, Slide Presenters Program, Tour Guide Program, Animal Handlers Program, CREW Education Program. Each area has its own schedule and requirements. Certified training is also required. Must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or GED diploma. For more information, call the zoo’s education department at 559-7752, or email, or visit GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-and-older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationally-renowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: Keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and shrub collection. They are also looking for a volunteer, or volunteers, to help with the hybrid tea roses. New volunteers join the volunteer docents who are ambassadors for the cemetery and arboretum. Information sessions, conducted the last Saturday and first Wednesday of each month, will explain the volunteer opportunities. Sessions are at 10 a.m. in the Historic Office, just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Whitney Huang, Spring Grove horticulturist at 8536866. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is the nation’s second-largest cemetery and arboretum which consists of 730 acres. Spring Grove serves the Cincinnati area but has welcomed visitors from all over of the world. As part of the arboretum, more than 1,200 plants are labeled and serve as a reference for the public. Spring Grove is looking for volunteers to help maintain specialty gardens, photograph plants, and help with computer work. Please call 513-853-4941 or email Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more information. Call 702-8373.


Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621-READ. Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or email Jayne Martin Dressing, Great Oaks is currently recruiting volunteer tutors for its Adult Basic and Literacy Education Classes and English to Speakers of Other Languages Classes. There are numerous sites and times available for volunteering. The next training sessions are Wednesday, October 26 and Wednesday, Novem-

ber 2, in either the afternoon or the evening. Please call 612-5830 for more information. Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 542-0195. Winton Woods City Schools – Wants to match community members who are interested in volunteering in the schools with the students. Volunteer opportunities at Winton Woods Primary North and South, middle school and high school. Volunteers who would have one-on-one contact with students outside of a classroom are required to have a background check. To volunteer, contact Gina Burnett at or 619-2301. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s College Readiness Program that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact Program Director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510 or visit


Business Volunteers for the Arts – BVA is accepting applications from business professionals with at least three years experience, interested in volunteering their skills within the arts community. Projects average six to eight months in length and can range from marketing or accounting to Web design or planning special events. A one-day training program is provided to all accepted applicants. Call 8712787. Center for Independent Living Options – Seeking volunteers to staff Art Beyond Boundaries, gallery for artists with disabilities. Volunteers needed noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 241-2600. Cincinnati Museum Center – Needs volunteers to work in all three museums, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children’s Museum, and special exhibits. Call 287-7025.

Leslie at 554-6300, or Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – is seeking volunteers in all Greater Cincinnati communities. Evercare provides care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Volunteers needed to visit with patients and/or assist in administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers may provide care wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home or nursing facility. Call 1-888-866-8286 or 6824055. Heartland Hospice – is seeking volunteers to assist with our patients and their families. We will train interested persons who are needed to sitting at the bedside and providing vigils for persons without families available. We could also use some extra people to work in our office. Call Jacqueline at 513 831-5800. Hospice of Southwest Ohio's Esteemed Volunteers share their time by providing assistance with administrative office duties, spend time with patients and/or families in many activities such as Reading, Singing, Reminiscing and other life enhancing activities as well as providing respite care to the caregiver themselves. At Hospice of Southwest Ohio our Volunteers are encouraged to share their ideas to enhance the lives of individuals experiencing this important journey. To become a Hospice of Southwest Ohio Esteemed Volunteer please contact our Volunteer Department at 513-528-8144 or email us at Hoxworth Blood Center – Hoxworth is recruiting people to help during community blood

drives and blood donation centers in the area. Positions include: Blood drive hosts, greeters, blood donor recruiters and couriers. Call Helen Williams at 558-1292 or Wellness Community – Provides free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Volunteers needed to work at special events, health fairs, bulk mailings and other areas. Visit and click on “volunteer” to sign up. Call 791-4060, ext. 19.


Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati – Seeking volunteer campaign assistant to plan

workplace employee giving campaigns and campaign project support volunteers to assist with campaigns. Call 475-0475 or email No experience necessary – Seeking volunteers to help with autism program based on the book “Son-Rise” by Barry Neil-Kaufman. No experience necessary. Call 231-1948. Sayler Park Community Center – is looking for volunteers to help with youth instructional sports and art classes between 2-6 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age and a police check is required. Contact 941-0102 for more information. To submit volunteer needs for this column, email areeves@, fax 248-1938, or mail the information to: Volunteers, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio, 45140.

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American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office located downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the Health Fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or email Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in first through sixth grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Crossroads Hospice – Seeking volunteers to assist terminally ill patients and their families. Call 793-5070. Destiny Hospice – is seeking caring and compassionate people to make a difference in the life of a person living with terminal illness. No special skills or experience needed; simply a willingness to help provide comfort and support. Orientation is scheduled to fit the volunteer’s schedule. Opportunities are available throughout the Cincinnati, Middletown and Butler County area. Contact

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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

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BAPTIST Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

513-321-5856 Bill Rillo, Pastor Sunday Worship Services: 11:00am & 6:00pm Sunday School: 9:45am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm

ROMAN CATHOLIC ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-8020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM

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4 SUNDAY SERVICES 2 Traditional Worship Services 8:15 & 11:00 - in our Sanctuary 2 Contemporary Worship Services 9:30 & 11:00 am in our Contemporary Worship Center Sunday School and Childcare available at 9:30 & 11:00 Services Plenty of Parking behind Church 7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •


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3850 E. Galbraith, Deer Park Next to Dillonvale Shopping Ctr 791-7631 Worship Service - 10:00AM Sunday School - 10:15AM Pastor Randy Wade Murphy


Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN

Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Wed Night Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastor Ed Wilson 8105 Beech Avenue - Deer Park (Just off Galbraith across from Amity School) 513-793-7422


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Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Sr. Minister Sun. Worship 10am Wed. Worship & Bible Study Service 7pm Sunday School - All Ages 9-10:00am New National Seminary Emerging

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is located next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Fall craft show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Proceeds benefit children’s programming. The 25th annual drive-through Nativity will be 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. The event is free. United Methodist Women’s Christmas Dinner will be 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. Christmas sing-a-long follows. Call the church to sign up. United Methodist Women’s Christmas Dinner will be 6 p.m., Dec. 5. A Christmas sing-along follows. Call the church to sign up. Children’s Weekday ProgramTuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Call the church for details. Advent Conspiracy – beginning at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, a study begins of “Advent Conspiracy – Can Christmas Still Change the World?” Call the church for details. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

Connections Christian Church

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 E. Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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Kool Kids will go to the Kids Against Hunger “factory” in Sharonville on Saturday, Nov. 19 to help pack meals for starving children here and around the world. The day’s goal is 50,000 meals. For more information call Ascension’s office at 7933288. In Gathering Sunday will be celebrated at Ascension on Sunday, Nov. 20. At this annual event members bring baked goods, crafts and other gifts to share with people in the community who are homebound or who would benefit from being remembered. Weavings, a spiritual formation group focused on themes in our spiritual lives, will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22. Women’s Bible Study gathers Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The topic is “Living Above Worry and Stress.” Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, www.ascensionlutheranchurch-

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PRESBYTERIAN MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

Child Care provided

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30-8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, card-making and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 8918527.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

Beginning watercolor classes are being offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 8. Cost is $8 per session at the church. For information, call Mary Lou DeMar at 891-5946. The church has a new contemporary worship service, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Undies and socks are being collected for boys and girls ages 4 to 14 for some of the Findlay Street children. Please leave

donations at the church in a designated basket. The church is collecting nonperishable grocery items for the Findlay Street food pantry and seeking volunteers to deliver bread daily from Kroger and Panera. KidZ Creative Camp runs 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 5. Kids will enjoy art, music and praise. Registration is available online. The church will have its traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 20. Save the date. Call the church office to sign up. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is conducted the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak ‘n’ Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets at 6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for a potluck dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets from 10-11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

Rev. Elaine Parulis-Wright will preach “The Positive Powers of the Spirit,” on Sunday, Nov. 13. The Advent series, “Outside the Box: The Gift that Can’t Be Contained,” will begin Nov. 27. St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School is 9:30 a.m. for all ages and 11 a.m. is children’s mission hour. Nursery care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

SonRise Community Church

The church is offering a free spaghetti dinner for those who are having financial difficulties. The dinner is offered on the last Thursday of every month. Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served until 7. Call Dale at 543-9008 with questions. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. Dress is casual. The church is located at 8136 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township.

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. Bible Study is at 9 a.m. every Sunday. The church is hosting Ladies WOW Study Group (Women on Wednesdays) at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The event includes light refreshments and a study of Beth Moore’s “Stepping Up.” The church hosts Adult and Youth Bible Studies at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Sycamore Township; 891-7891, www.sycamorechristianchurch.

Trinity Community Church

The church is having its Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12. Shop in multiple “stores” under one roof. For more information, call the church office. The Sauerkraut Dinner is 5-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3 for children. Reservations can be made by calling the church office. Trinity has launched a new Contemporary Service called The Source at 6 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. Pizza and drinks will follow each service. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 7917631;



Raquel Rodriguez will bring her trumpeting prowess to Madeira for a concert at St. Paul Community United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. The versatile artist will perform a variety of styles – Baroque, Classical and 20th Century – on a variety of horns, including flugelhorn, cornet and piccolo trumpet. The concert at St. Paul, 8221 Miami Road, will also feature Latin selections and a virtuoso trumpet solo. Since 2009 Rodriguez has been assistant professor and coordinator of brass studies at Northern Kentucky University, where she plays first trumpet in the NKU Faculty Brass Quintet and directs the Trumpet Ensemble, Brass choir and Concert Band. The winner of numerous competitive awards is a performing member of the Lexington Brass Band and Indiana’s Star United MiniCorps and freelances with other regional orchestras in Kentucky and Ohio. But her talents have

been acclaimed far beyond the Tristate, as her talent has taken her to venues throughout the U.S., in Canada, the United Kingdom and China. She has appeared with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Brass Theater with the Canadian Brass, and enlivening the Tony Award winning show “Blast!” Performing with the Synergy Brass Quintet in its 2008-2009 national tour, she played in more than 200 concerts and clinics across the country. Her performance at the prestigious Brass in Concert Championships at Gateshead, England, in 2009, was hailed as “a bravura performance . . . played with aplomb.” The North American Brass Band Association’s web site praised her “great sound, easy approach to the instrument and confident presentation of a technically demanding work.” No admission will be charged for the concert, but an offering will be taken. For more information, contact the church at (513) 891-8181.

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contract if you agree to pay for the following two years. By participating the Multi-Family Recycling Program, you receive: • A consultation meeting and a customized recycling plan; • Coordination of recycling services with your waste hauler; • First year of your recycling contract paid; • Education about recycling for residents; Why recycle? • Recycling can save money. Property managers often reduce their total waste costs if residents recycle enough material to decrease the trash container size or collection frequency.

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POLICE REPORTS COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Robert Mason, 46, 6405 Montgomery Road, theft at 3400 Highland Ave., Oct. 18.

DEER PARK Arrests/citations Heather Elliott, 26, 406 Jefferson Ave., misuse of a credit card, warrant at 7777 Blue Ash Road, Oct. 31. Lindsay R. Watters, 33, 1200 Vina Vista, warrant, warrant, attempted theft at 7916 Blue Ash Road, Oct. 31. Brandi Hite, 24, 266 Water Ridge Court, theft at 7777 Blue Ash Road, Oct. 31. Anthony C. Buglione, 36, 4126 St. John's Terrace, disorderly

conduct while intoxicated at Blue Ash Road, Oct. 30. Edward A. Noe, 55, 576 Valleyview Drive, drug abuse, drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, warrant other department at Dalton Avenue, Oct. 28. Juvenile, 14, curfew violation, resisting arrest, obstructing official business at Plainfield Road, Oct. 29. Aaron A. Haas, 27, 8100 Blue Ash Road, possession of drug abuse instrument at Dalton Avenue, Oct. 29. Juvenile, 16, curfew violation at Plainfield Road, Oct. 29.

Incidents/investigations Misuse of credit card At 3770 St. John's Terrace, Oct. 27. Resisting arrest, obstructing

official business, curfew violation At Plainfield Road, Oct. 29. Theft A woman said someone damaged a 2002 Honda at 4390 Matson Ave., Oct. 31. Someone took cash from Domino's Pizza at 4110 E. Galbraith Road, Oct. 26. At 3944 Hemphill Way, Oct. 28.

MADEIRA Arrests/citations Kimberly S. Perrault, 47, 1846 Hopkins, drug possession, Oct. 11. Nancy Larsh, 44, 7214 Osceola Drive, disorderly conduct, Sept. 27. Daniel Dennis, 24, 6760 Rosecrest, theft, drug paraphernalia, Oct. 12.

Breanna Archer, 24, 1058 Bennington, receiving stolen property, Oct. 12.

Incidents/investigations Theft Purse taken from vehicle at 7226 Berwood, Oct. 14. Male stated credit card used with no authorization; $1,842 at 7812 Dee St., Oct. 12. Jewelry taken; $16,413 at 6877 Shawnee Run, Oct. 14. Change taken from vehicle at 6381 Euclid Ave., Oct. 23. Change taken from vehicle at 6753 Kenwood Road, Oct. 23.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile female, 13, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 7. Christopher Jurman, 22, 10301

Peachtree Lane, theft at 7875 U.S. 22, Oct. 18. Juvenile female, 15, disorderly conduct at 7289 Kenwood Road, Oct. 13. Juvenile male, 17, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Oct. 13. Cherise Thornton, 24, 845 Findlay St., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 17. Bronwyn Marshall, 27, 6625 N. Big Hollow Road, theft at 7913 U.S. 22, Oct. 19.

Incidents/investigations Burglary Residence entered and DVDs, currency, deposit box, computer, jewelry of unknown value removed at 3648 Glengary Ave., Oct. 18. $500 removed at 8094 Trotters Chase, Oct. 18. Theft

Glasses valued at $1,280 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road. Firearm valued at $215 removed at 12041 Fifth Ave. Currency, watch, wallet and credit cards of unknown value removed at 5901 E. Galbraith Road. Vehicle entered and $2 removed at 6022 St. Reeds Drive. Reported at 6044 Winnetika Drive. Cell phone, wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 5901 E. Galbraith Road. Vehicle entered and GPS valued at $120 removed at 2790 Kenwood.

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3857 Miami Run: Gradek John J. to Ney Carol J.; $252,500. 6834 Buckingham Place: Kramer Jennifer M. to Webster Benjamin Troy; $90,500. 6929 Vinewood Ave.: Lewis Jacquelyn to Greater Cincinnati Credit Union; $36,000. 6937 Windward St.: Hempleman Albert R. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $92,055. 7040 Cambridge Ave.: Eh Pooled 111 Lp to Fohlen Doug & Brian; $34,900.

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4363 Matson Ave.: Proctor Tony R. to General Electric Credit; $56,000. 7312 Richmond Ave.: Obert Jessica L. & Kenneth J. to Kunkemoeller Thomas J.; $97,000.

7509 Plainfield Road: Immoor Dorothy M. to Mullins Michael; $103,000. 3766 O’Leary Ave.: Ddd Restoration LLC to Fickas Christopher T.; $147,000. 3840 Lansdowne Ave.: Meier Patricia E. to Sylvester Investments; $65,000. 4155 O’leary Ave.: Hernandez Laura & Brandon Baumgard to Moore David W.; $115,000. 4251 Redmont Ave.: Mccafferty Scott R. & Gina to Wells Fargo Bank NA; $148,182. 4338 Clifford Road: Azbill Rebekah H. to Singer Robert F. II & Darlene M.; $114,000.


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DEATHS 7008 Fowler Ave.: Bush Margaret B. to Brenner Ryan J. & Margaret A.; $100,000. 7128 Sanoma Ave.: Swarts Timothy & Kelly R. to Connelly Jennifer L.; $139,000. 7206 Sycamorehill Lane: Burkhardt Rihcard A. Jr. Tr to Swarts Timothy O. & Kelly R.; $255,000. 7312 Osceola Drive: Suggs Jerry M. & Jo Ann M. to Stuntebeck Jarrod S. & James L.; $90,000. 7492 Madeira Pines Drive: Brookstone Homes LLC to Hounchell Melanie M. & Daniel J.; $363,464.

Sycamore Township

1883 Chaucer Drive: Bank Of New York Mellon Tr The to Simmons Dimitra; $47,500. 4680 Orchard Lane: Kelly Matthew to Aull Kathleen R.; $138,000.

7250 Edington Drive: Jbmlg Ltd. to Hopkins Daniel F @3; $385,000. 8613 Plainfield Road: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Barbro Carol; $50,200. 8803 Tudor Court: Jones D. Jason & Sara J. to Sout Sokha; $99,500. 8875 Montgomery Road: Fifth Third Bank Tr to Kasvin Claudia J.; $380,000. 10932 Barrington Court: Spencer Barbara L. to Santra Sayantan; $115,000. 6354 Euclid Road: Barnwell Patricia L. to Gardner Kenneth; $95,000. 6790 Michael Drive: Randall Ellen Karay to Marsh Daniel E. & Sharon D.; $218,000. 7586 Tiki Ave.: Wenker Herman H. & Nancy E. to Aden Martha & Gregory B. Wenker; $200,000.

Dan Redfield Grigg

Dan Redfield Grigg, 82, of Kenwood died Oct. 29. He served in the US Army in Japan. Survived by wife, Jane (nee Longnaker), son, David (Tammy) Grigg; daughter, Jody (Steve) Shank; and grandchildren Ashley, Elizabeth, Emily and Daniel. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials to: Cincinnati Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2045 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45202.